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July 31, 2014

 

Cave painting of a hunter spearing a wooly mammoth

Inbred Mammoths

Did climate change wipe out the wooly mammoth? The fossil record may tell a different story of the mammoth's demise.

October 23, 2013

 

A cheetah family of five lounges in the sun at the Smithsonian National Zoo

Cheetahs Cut from the Same Cloth

Though some of the oldest surviving felines, cheetahs have the genetic diversity equivalent to identical twins.

December 27, 2010

 

A man shuffling playing cards before a poker game

Genetic Poker: Why Inbreeding Is A Danger

Humans must learn about the dangers of inbreeding before it's too late.

August 20, 2010

 

M&Ms

M&Ms Can Help Explain Genetic Drift

What is "genetic drift?" How does it affect an animal's genes and their genetic variation?

December 26, 2007

 

Female hyena with cub

Females Prefer More Exotic Males?

A study on spotted hyenas found that at least in some species, females really do prefer foreign males. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

October 24, 2006

 

Latana Miss Fluff flowers; yellow, pink, purple, and orange

Vigorous Hybrids

"Hybrids" are great for the environment, and I'm not just talking about cars. Find out about the benefits of genetic mixing.

December 2, 2005

 

Get the Drift

We’ve discussed before how endangered species are at risk from the increased likelihood of inbreeding, which leads to unhealthy offspring. There’s another danger to letting the numbers of animals in a given species become too low. It’s called genetic drift. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

March 31, 2005

 

Genetic Poker

Inbreeding is the term used when animals mate with their relatives. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003

 

Kissing Cousins

Fans of classic movies will remember the famous dueling banjos scene in Deliverance, the story of four city friends who take an ill-fated boating trip down a backwoods Georgia river. As the friends set out, one of the friends challenges a local boy with a banjo to see who can play faster. At the end […]

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